|NAKAYAMA BUNSHICHI II|
Nakayama Bunshichi II
Other name: Bintsukeya Bunshichi
Guilds: Bintsukeya, Tama˘giya, Sansenya
Line number: NIDAIME (II)
Poetry names: Yoshio, Sharyű
Existence: 1755 ~ 19th day of the 2nd lunar month of 1798
Uncle: Namiki Sh˘z˘ I
Masters: Arashi Hinasuke I, Sawamura Takichi
Fall 1777: he becomes disciple of Arashi Hinasuke I.
3rd lunar month of 1778: he is adopted by Nakayama Raisuke I and takes the name of Nakayama Ihachi I.
9th lunar month of 1782: Nakayama Raisuke I and Nakayama Ihachi I respectively take the names of Nakayama Shinkur˘ II and Nakayama Raisuke II at the Kado no Shibai. They perform together in the drama "Monogusa Tar˘", which also celebrates the isse ichidai performance of Nakayama Bunshichi I.
19th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1783: his adoptive father Nakayama Shinkur˘ II dies.
11th lunar month of 1784: Raisuke plays in Ky˘to at the Nishi no Shibai the role of Kazusa Sakonnosuke in Tatsuoka Mansaku's kaomise drama "Kuni no Hana ďshimadai", which is produced by Nakayama Ihachi II.
9th lunar month of 1791: premiere of Nagawa Shimesuke I's chűshinguramono "Iroha Gana Shijűshichi Moji" in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai; Raisuke plays the roles of Tashiro Yasubŕ and the taiko mochi Ryűsuke [more details].
11th lunar month of 1793: Nakayama Raisuke II takes the name of Nakayama Bunshichi II at the Naka no Shibai, playing in the kaomise drama "Kogane Masu Yonetar˘ Gitsune", which is produced by Nakayama Bunshichi I's son Nakayama Yosabur˘ II and celebrates the arrival in ďsaka of the Edo star Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III.
4th ~ 6th lunar months of 1794: Bunshichi plays in the same theater the roles of Ume˘maru and Takebe Genz˘ in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; the roles of Matsu˘maru and Sakuramaru are played by Onoe Shinshichi I and Arashi Sangor˘ II.
2nd lunar month of 1796: Suga Sensuke's puppet theater drama "Keisei Koi no Hikyaku" is adapted for Kabuki for the first time and staged at the Kado no Shibai; Bunshichi plays the role of Kameya Chűbŕ [casting].
4th lunar month of 1796: premiere at the Kado no Shibai of the drama "Hade Kurabe Ishikawazome", written by Chikamatsu Tokuz˘, Tatsuoka Mansaku and Namiki Sh˘z˘ II; Bunshichi plays the roles of Kobuna no Gengor˘ and Mashiba Hisatsugu [more details].
11th lunar month of 1797: Bunshichi appears on stage for the last time, in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai, playing the roles of Rokusuke and Hisayoshi in the drama "Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi"; his stage partner in the role of Osono in the "Keya-mura" scene is Yoshizawa Iroha I.
19th day of the 2nd lunar month of 1798: Bunshichi dies in ďsaka.
Nakayama Bunshichi II was popular 18th century tachiyaku actor, who made all his career in Kamigata. He excelled in yatsushigoto. He was said to act like Ogawa Kichitar˘ I but everybody agreed that he was the worthy heir of Nakayama Bunshichi I for he was able to perform his atariyaku roles. As a side business, he managed a successful hair pomade shop in ďsaka.
Nakayama Bunshichi II (the fighter in the middle of the picture) playing the role of Raiden Genpachi
in the drama "Natsu Moy˘ Sh˘bu Katabira", which was staged in the 6th lunar month of 1795 in Ky˘to at the Higashi no Shibai
The Nakayama Raisuke line of actors
The Nakayama Bunshichi line of actors
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